How to Donate
Before making a decision regarding whole body donation, we suggest you read the information on the Bequest Home page and the Frequently Asked Questions section. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us for clarification before proceeding. We also suggest you talk it over with your family and/or interested others before making your bequest.
Obtain an Anatomy Bequest Donation Form. Forms can be mailed to you or downloaded and printed from this page.
- The first form is for an individual wishing to donate his/her own body to the bequest program. For the online form, clink here:
Form to donate my body to the University of Minnesota (PDF)
- The second form is for donating the body of a family member. For the online form, click here:
Next-of-Kin/Authorizing Person Donation form (PDF)
You can ask us to mail you a form by:
Completing an Inquiry Form
Calling the Anatomy Bequest Program at 612-625-1111, or
Emailing the Anatomy Bequest Program at email@example.com
We suggest that you make copies of your bequest form and give them to the individuals who will be notified at the time of your death. It is important that your physician, your family and your friends know of your bequest so they can make sure your wishes are carried out.
Make sure the Anatomy Bequest Program Donation Form is completed, signed and witnessed by two people. The signatures do not have to be notarized. Please return the original form to the following address:
Anatomy Bequest Program
University of Minnesota
3-005 Nils Hasselmo Hall
312 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0215
If you also have an Advance Health Care Directive, please enclose a copy with your bequest form.
The original bequest form must be on file at the University of Minnesota at the time of death. Upon receipt of the completed original form, the Anatomy Bequest Program will send you a letter of acknowledgement and a donor wallet card.
How to Cancel a Bequest
If you wish to cancel your bequest, please call us at the number below and tell us you wish to cancel. We will mail your original bequest authorization form to you, and you will no longer be a whole body donor. Your bequest authorization is not binding in nature and may be rescinded at any time. Be sure to inform your physician, your family and your friends of your decision not to be a donor.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Anatomy Bequest Program.
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